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Elijah Douresseau and Hazel Pete

This is a picture of my paternal great grandparents on their wedding day (this is actually one of my favorite family photos).

They looked so cute together, don’t you think! =P


(click on the photos to enlarge them)

And this is a much later picture of the happy couple…


(The first picture makes them look light-skinned for some odd reason though)


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Hazel (Pete) Douresseau’s Obit

This obituary can be found in the Beaumont Enterprise‘s archives.

This woman was my paternal great grandmother.

(I hope to add a photo here soon)

Hazel Douresseau
CHURCH POINT – Funeral services for Ms. Hazel P. Douresseau, 82, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church here with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Butler will conduct the services. Ms. Douresseau, a resident of Church Point, died Saturday, January 15, 2000, in Lafayette General Hospital. Survivors include: four sons, Adam Douresseau of Los Angeles, Calif., Preston Douresseau, John Douresseau and Andrew Douresseau, all of Beaumont, Texas; five daughters, Barbara Douresseau of Church Point, Savelia Pete of Los Angeles, Calif., Elizabeth Wrighting, Mary Ramsey and Cecelia Joseph, all of Beaumont, Texas; three sisters, Sable Charlot of Church Point, Hilda Smith and Theresa Johnson, both of Beaumont, Texas; three brothers, Paul Pete of Los Angeles, Calif., Variant Pete of Beaumont, Texas, and Tee Rogers of Church Point; 42 grandchildren; 66 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Ms. Douresseau was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah Douresseau; and a son, Rufus Douresseau. Visiting hours will be observed from 8 a.m. Saturday until time of services in Our Mother of Mercy Catholic Church in Church Point. Duhon Funeral Home of Church Point is in charge of arrangements.

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Twins run in the family…

…too bad I wasn’t informed until an ultrasound confirmed I was carrying more than one baby a year and some odd months ago…

I mean, I knew that I had some twin cousins; I just didn’t know that that meant I had a high chance of conceiving twins, myself.

Apparently, the women on my daddy’s side of the family are so fertile that sometimes they release more than one egg a month…

My Auntie (my daddy’s sister) has a set of fraternal twin boys (living), but I believe she has been pregnant with twins at least two or three times. (I might have to ask her just to be sure, though.) And I remember my Na na telling me something about her twin aunt and uncle…or were they her cousins?

Guess, I have some phone calls to make…

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DuRousseau (Douresseau) Genealogy Website

I was googling different variations of my Na Na’s maiden name when I stumbled across this site.

It has a pretty nice database (complete with family, pedigree, and descendency pages) and its worth checking out (if you also happen to be researching this surname…)

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Sometimes families with weird names do funny things…

…like change-up the spelling of them.

The progenitor of my Douresseau line (a white man from France) spelled his name DuRousseau.

I noticed the spelling begins to vary not long after the (white) DuRousseaus intermarry or procreate with colored people. This is just a personal observation though…

On another note, my Na na has a cousin and a brother (I believe) who spell their name the lazy way lol. Duriso. Then there are others who add or subtract letters (such as in “Dourisseau” or “Douresseaux”). I have gotten into the habit of automatically assuming that anyone with this surname, (no matter what the spelling) with family from Texas or Louisiana, is kin to me. This also applies to people last named Petry or Hendricks.

I wonder what the actual or real stories are behind my family’s many last name variations, anyway?

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And while I’m on the Douresseau side…(part 3)


Another thanks goes out to H. Douresseau for the pedigree charts. =)

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And while I’m on the Douresseau side…(part 2)


Special thanks to my cousins H. Douresseau for the pedigree charts and “CJack” for the phone call =)

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